Saturday, January 16, 2016

Isla Mujeres News & Daily Events Saturday, January 16

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

To provide emergency care at the Community Hospital  

Cubrirán urgencias en el Hospital Comunitario

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de enero.-
 The Director of the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres, Pedro Zapata Loya, said next week the medical staff of the Emergency Department will be completed, in order to meet all types of health needs. He said a medical specialist will join the staff on Monday to offer emergency services throughout the week,  Monday thru Sunday, 7am to 1pm. He said the surgical specialist will offer general medical consults in the urgent care area during those hours and there will be another doctor from noon until 8pm all week, and another doctor from 7pm to 7am.
       He explained that the greatest number of emergencies occur during the morning, among both residents and tourists. He said the demand for consultations is not as high at night and in the wee hours of the morning, as it is in the morning. He said there are about 18,000 people in the island part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, and it is estimated that in 10 years it should be free of health problems, with proper medical attention.

Pueblo Magico workshop   

 Piden a turisteros y autoridades para mantener beneficios de Pueblo Mágico

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de enero.-


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Continuing with the Day of Kings celebrations, today City officials interacted with the children of one of the kindergartens of the isle and they enjoyed recreational activities
Continuando con las fiestas del Día de Reyes, el día de hoy integrantes del Ayuntamiento realizaron actividades recreativas y de interacción con los niños de los kinders de nuestra Isla.

Students and professors of the Polytechnic University of Quintana Roo came to Isla Mujeres to share toys and smiles with children of the town. Thank you very much.
Estudiantes y catedráticos de la Universidad Politécnica de Quintana Roo acudieron a Isla Mujeres a compartir con niños de la localidad, juguetes y sonrisas. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

Pueblo Magico training workshop 
   Friday morning an Induction Workshop for Pueblos Magicos began, which will culminate on Saturday. It is being taught by specialist on the subject Roberto Bravo Jimenez, in response to an invitation from Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, to share knowledge, experiences, and strategies.
     The workshop was attended by City officials, local businessmen, and members of the City Committee of Pueblos Magicos. It will be a great support for people in the community, members of the City Council, and of the Department of Tourism, to understand about the program and its social, economic, and environmental impact. The objective of the workshop is to provide knowledge about what a Pueblo Magico is, how it is structured, and especially, how to maintain the designation. 
     Inclusion in the list of Pueblos Magicos, and complying with the requirements and guidelines, means financial resources will be available to support and promote the social, economic, and environmental development of the island. During the workshop, they were taught about the origin of the program, about its objectives, and about its impact on national tourism development. The agenda includes tips and advice about developing tourism products that are tailored to new markets, and addresses the very important issue of how a destination such as this can structure its chains of production to generate greater social benefits.
      Finally, the teacher,  who created the Pueblos Magicos project, recommended to the Municipal Government and community members that they be very careful to follow the federal guidelines in order to continue reaping its benefits, and not risk losing the designation, as has occurred in some cases. 
      Roberto Bravo Jiménez received his undergraduate degree in Tourism from the Escuela Superior de Turismo del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN). He was recognized on two occasions with the award: “Presea Lázaro Cárdenas”,which is the maximum recognition for having an average of 9.93. He received his MBA from the Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración from the same IPN Institute; and did postgraduate studies in Business Reengineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He has a degree in Management Training for Educational Innovation from the IPN, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Development of Projects for Educational Innovation, from the  Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña and a diploma in Creating and Training professional education models for the IPN, and other qualifications


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Large loss of beach  
Gran pérdida de playa.. [+] Ver masPhotos at link

 An estimated 10,000 square meters of beach has disappeared so far during this season of 'norte' winds, near two geotubes that have been broken since fall, at the extreme western end of North Beach, according to residents of the area. Although the section of beach known as "Playa Sol" is no longer in existence, it is estimated that if the geotubes were repaired and replaced, the sand would be recovered within five years. This is based on the large growth of beach in 2012; five years after this technology was premiered to address the erosion caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
        It is recalled that businessman Carlos Cervera hired a specialist about renewing the 'whales' (geotubes), who discussed the issue with Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, but no action was taken. There is also a legal dispute over "land reclaimed from the sea", which does not currently exist due to the erosion, however, with replacement of the geotubes, this national treasure could reappear.

Pueblo Magico training workshop  
Realizan taller de Inducción a Pueblo Mágico [+] Ver mas

Weather allows boats to go out the sea  
El clima les permitió salir al mar [+] Ver mas
  The port was opened for navigation by small boats, with advice to exercise caution, and to stay near the coast and not to go out to the Yucatan Channel because of moderate winds and high waves. The fishermen and lobster fishermen were returning at midday with their catches.
     Good weather is expected Saturday, and on Sunday the first effects of the next front are expected to be felt, according to the official forecast. The lobster fishermen depend on the northern winds to provoke the migration of the lobsters southward into the fishing areas of Isla Mujeres. 
   The improved weather offered a good opportunity for income for the lancheros offering tours, for the golf cart rental agencies, and others, until 4pm when it began to drizzle, causing tourists to seek shelter. Many people enjoyed the water, the beach, diving, nature, and touring in golf carts around the island, and to Punta Sur and Sac Bajo.

Economic activity reactivated  
Se reactiva la actividad económica.. [+] Ver mas
     Friday arrived with good weather which revived economic activity after several days of wind and rain. Although rain had fallen during the night, which was an effect of the stationary cold front #28, by 10am the pavement was dry, and many people could be seen heading for the beach. There were many golf carts on the streets, and the dive shops reported they were doing a good business.   
    Fishermen were active, with more than 100 small boats sailing out in search of seafood. Commercial and recreational activities were good, and at midday, the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, reported a 'normal' flow of visitors, with no incidents.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

January events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
"Wolf Moon" or "Old Moon"

Jan. 23   6:46
Jan. 24   7:21
Jan. 25   8:13
Jan. 26   9:05
Jan. 27   9:55
Jan. 28  10:44
Jan  29  11:32
  During the month of January, folkloric dance costumes of Quintana Roo are on exhibition at the Casa de Cultura
Jan. 1   Sunrise event Punta Sur  Greeting New Year
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

Jan. 6 Dia de los Reyes / King's Day    Commemorating the Magi bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Gifts are exchanged & this ends the Christmas holidays. DIF usually has a party & toy give-away. 

International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th (birthday of Florence Nightingale) but in Mexico, Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes" Gift from the Magi. It's Día de los Reyes..Kings Day, when Mexican kids receive gifts. If you get the baby in your piece of rosca, you're providing tamales for your friends on Candlemass, Feb. 2nd.

Jan. 7 Artist's Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
           Taste of Isla 5-7

Jan. 10 Saturday   8pm Convention Center Basketball game: Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel.

Jan. 11 Sunday    noon   Convention Center Basketball game: Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Artist Fair February 4  

Carnaval is February 5-9  
The traditional Carnaval will include the customary Cuban Night with a live band (Noche Cubana), the beach Carnaval (Carnaval Playero), and Regional Night (Noche Regional), which includes a parade along Rueda Medina, and the unique Negrada.

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